Choosing a Storage Company
Storage might be a good solution for property
that you want to keep, but are unwilling or unable to take
with you. Items such as large pieces of furniture that will
not fit into your new home, large tools and work benches,
air conditioners and other appliances, clothes which are inappropriate
for your new climate are likely candidates for storage. You
have two options: self-storage and pick
up and delivery storage:
Self-storage works best for items that you are likely to
retrieve, but don't have available space at home. A mini-storage
unit is convenient and accessible, and you provide your own
lock and key for added security. Individual units, in a variety
of sizes and shapes, are available to fit your needs. You
rent a unit on a monthly basis under an "occupancy agreement."
Some companies may also bill you for electricity. You may
move your items into the unit yourself, or if you have a couple
of heavier items, you can request a pickup. Many facilities
will provide free pickup if you agree to keep your items in
the unit for a certain length of time. In these cases, when
the driver arrives with the truck, it will be your responsibility
to load your items. The driver will accept no liability for
to select your self-storage unit
Before you place your items into a storage space, it is important
that you inspect the facilities. Your unit should have sufficient
amount of space for all of your items. Create an inventory
of all of the items that you wish to place into storage, so
that if you don't know which size unit to select, you'll have
something to show to a facility worker.
The storage unit should be clean, and above all, secure.
Self-storage facilities offer many types of security features,
ranging from alarms, motion detectors, video surveillance,
nightly inspections, and guards on duty. You will have to
provide your own lock and key, so that only you and those
you allow will have access to the unit.
for Your Items
You maintain complete responsibility for the items that you
place inside your storage unit. The storage facility bears
no responsibility for your items. Therefore inquire with the
company's representative. Some home owner's and renter's policies
cover theft off premises, and would cover what is in storage.
To find out if this applies to you, call your home owners
or renter's insurance provider. Take a complete inventory
and keep it current.
Pickup & Delivery Services
Some self-storage companies will deliver a
container (or containers) to your home. You will need to
determine the number of containers. To help decide, we recommend
creating an inventory of all of the items that you wish
to place into storage and then calculate the approximate
size of the storage unit you need. If you are still uncertain,
you can show this list to a facility worker.
The driver will provide you with instructions
on how you load your items and lock your container. You'll
provide your own lock and key and have as much time as you
need to load your items into the container. When you're
finished, you call the facility for a pickup, they'll then
transport your filled container to their facility. When
you wish to retrieve your items, you have the option of
going to the facilities or having the container delivered
to you. If you choose to go to the facility, you'll need
to call several hours in advance.
Tips - How to Store Your Goods
all furniture and disassemble, if possible.
Wrap table legs with packing paper as scratch
Lay down blankets or a pallet between the furniture
and the floor of the storage
Place assembled tables top down on floor with legs pointing
towards the ceiling.
Stack chairs seat-to-seat with cloth or paper
Avoid stacking or leaning furniture against outside walls.
Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools as a rust protector.
Avoid oil staining by storing exposed items in
a separate space.
Wrap plates, saucers, and bowls individually before
placing it in a china carton. Use a china
carton divider kit
for increased security.
Fill paper into bottom, top and empty spaces in the carton.
and Valuable Papers
Use file boxes. They are the best containers for
your important documents.
Pack books flat and fill any empty space to minimize
Avoid overfilling cartons. Books are heavy.
Keep pallets free of moisture by placing plastic
sheeting on top of them.
Appliances and Equipment Leave appliance
doors slightly ajar. Moisture and mildew will damage your
valuables so make sure your refrigerator or freezer
is clean and dry.
Use valuable storage space inside appliance's
for small items.
Avoid excessive wrinkling to your clothes by employing